Lawrence police are investigating several auto burglaries that took place late Tuesday evening.
According to Lawrence Police Sgt. Susan Hadl, at least three auto burglaries were reported between 11 p.m. and midnight Tuesday. The burglaries all occurred in the 900 block of April Rain Court. Officers were searching for suspects reportedly involved in the incidents, three white men wearing hooded sweatshirts, but were unable to locate the suspects in the time directly following the reports.
One officer remained in the area of the burglaries on patrol. Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the officer saw a vehicle in the area that looked suspicious. Hadl said as the officer approached the vehicle, he saw a young man heading toward the vehicle as well. When the subject saw the officer, he took off running. The officer chased the young man on foot, until the subject gave himself up a short time later.
Officers eventually located two more individuals fitting the description given for the suspects in the auto burglaries. The two had been driving around the area, waiting to pick up the third suspect the officer had chased. Hadl said the two suspects were apprehended near the intersection of Harvard and Douglas streets. The suspects, two 17-year-old men and one 16-year-old man, all from the Topeka area, were being interviewed by officers.
Hadl said officers were attempting to narrow down how many auto burglaries had taken place as well as determine where they had occurred. She said the three suspects would most likely be transported to the juvenile detention center, since all three were out after curfew.
Hadl said charges against the three youths would possibly include interfering with the duties of an officer and attempted auto burglary, pending information received during the interviews.